Friday, July 07, 2006

I’m happy with the results of my dyed locks. I carded them up on my drum carder today – one pass was sufficient. I bought and washed this fleece a really long time ago, and when I decided to mop up the dye day results with locks, I just plunged into the tub and pulled out handfuls. Oops - I did a really poor job in cleaning this fleece, so it's pretty messy when I spin. Because it's a luster longwool, most of the chaff pops off while I spin, but I do need to use a lap cloth. It's spinning up nicely and I think the yarn is going to be yummy. Okay, truth is that I already have ideas for the next color pathway. I just read in the last Black Sheep Newsletter that Ralph Groefsema, the supplier of my fleece, has retired. I wonder if he has any more fleeces?????


Purple Fuzzy Mittens said...

I love the way the locks shine! Did they felt at all in the dyeing process? Are you flick carding as you spin them, or doing more prep?

Sharon said...

The locks are quite felted, though I'm not sure if it's from the dying or from the washing. I opened them up to get rid of the clotted parts, then ran them randomly through the drum carder - spins like silk.